Five great cemeteries worth exploring in Northern California

Lisa Taggart
Colma
Hills of Eternity. The grassy expanse of the cemetery houses Wyatt Earp's grave. 1301 El Camino Real; 650/756-3633.


Half Moon Bay

Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery. On a bare hilltop east of town, the windswept concrete plots of the small cemetery have lovely views of the ocean. 1980 Miramonte Rd.; 650/726-4674.

Lagunitas
Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Three markers surrounded by a white picket fence mark the resting place of the park's namesake. Park at Camp Taylor lot on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and ask for directions; 415/488-9897.

San Francisco
Pet Cemetery. Touching testaments to canine, feline, and feathered friends. Views stretch across the bay to Angel Island. On Crissy Field Ave. off McDowell Ave. in the Presidio; 415/561-5401.

Santa Cruz
Evergreen Cemetery. Stones mark the lives of 19th-century pioneers, Civil War veterans, and the founder of Santa Cruz's Surf newspaper. On Evergreen St., next to Harvey West Park; 831/429-1964.